Charming children’s story in song

music March 20, 2017 14:00

By The Nation

Oscar Wilde’s immortal tale was originally brought to life in Malcolm Williamson’s 1966 children’s opera “The Happy Prince”, a love story between a statue and a swallow and a touching and moving allegory about selflessness and compassion.



Now, as part of its Young Soloists programme, Opera Siam is offering Thai kids the chance the opera tomorrow and Wednesday (March 21-22) with KPN’s Areeya Rotjanadit taking on the role of the prince who keeps on giving to his subjects even after he has passed away, and Raphael Ayrle of the world-famous Tolzer Boys Choir playing the swallow. 

The Tolzer Knabenchor is a German boys’ choir founded in 1956 in the Bavarian town of Bad Tolz. Now based in Munich, the choir is ranked among the most versatile and sought-after boys’ choirs in the world, and is still led by its founder and musical director, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden.

The Happy Voices children’s chorus and the chorus of Immanuel Music School are the citizens of the sad town whose lives are about to be touched by a statue’s love. A cast of children and adults, and members of the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra complete this production directed by the opera's artistic director Somtow Sucharitkul.

Children six and up and adults of all ages are welcome to attend this production which is in English. The opera lasts approximately one hour.

    “The Happy Prince” opera performs tomorrow and Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Thailand Cultural Centre’s Small Hall.

    Bt500 donations and seat reservation can be made at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid..

A Bt1,000 donation gets you a VIP seat.

    For more information, call Ratana at (02) 231 7280.